Cyclamen is a genus of about 20 species of tuberous perennials in the family Primulaceae that are native to the Mediterranean.
These plants have attractive heart-shaped leaves and colorful, uniquely shaped five-petaled flowers. They are one of the most popular house plants, but in the right conditions they will also flourish outdoors. They will fascinate you with their beauty and perfection!
The name “Cyclamen” comes from the Greek word “kyklos”, which means “circle”, probably because of its shape.
Several species of Cyclamen are known as “Sowbreads” because they are thought to be the favorite food of wild pigs.
Cyclamen is a flower of tenderness, sincerity, sadness and lasting feelings, but it also symbolizes maternal love for our ancestors.
Interesting facts about Cyclamen
Leonardo da Vinci’s Favorite Flowers
Cyclamens were introduced in Europe in the 16th century.
They were favorite flowers of famous scientist and artist Leonardo Da Vinci at the beginning of the 16th century. He was covering the margins of his manuscripts with them.
Is Cyclamen toxic?
Cyclamen contains saponins and all parts of the plant can cause severe reactions if ingested. Its tubers are poisonous to people and, if eaten raw, can be even deadly!
Benefits and Uses of Cyclamen
Cyclamen has a long history of use for both ornamental and medicine purposes.
It has been used medicinally for over two millennia. The Greek doctors and botanists discovered that Cyclamen can be used for medical purposes to speed up the delivery of babies and to regrow hair, but also to heal wounds and boils.
Cyclamen Plant Data
The flowers are usually white, red, rose, purple or pink.
Cyclamens are relatively small plants growing up to 15 cm (6 inches) in height.
These plants prefer organically rich and well drained soil. Grow them in moist, but not waterlogged soil.